Sundles finally sentenced

A lot of folks had wondered whatever happened to the charges against now-convicted and sentenced would-be wolf poisoner Tim Sundles.

Here is the story from Reuters. Man sentenced for seeking to poison wolves. By Laura Zuckerman.

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Photos and video of cattle in the Joseph Creek Wildlife area. Washington State.

The new cattle put into a Washington State Wildlife area are posted as a Google Flash video (please rate the video).

This is an outrage. These areas were purchased to restore wildlife, and salmon and steelhead habitat using your dollars. Now they have been opened to cattle in some kind of shady deal. Get the cows off of Mother Natures face (from song accompanying video)!

Here are still photos, with a detailed analysis of what each shows. http://wildwolves.homeip.net/PintlerImages/index.htm

See my earlier story. Another victory for Western Watersheds Project. Cattle turnout on Washington state Wildlife Areas stopped!

Unfortunately, not all of the cattle turnout onto these non-grazed lands was stopped.

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Idaho grizzly bear shot near Tetonia did not have rabies

This story drew a lot of attention last weekend. Today the Pocatello, Idaho State Journal ran a story about how the grizzly bear did not have rabies.. The story quoted Scott MacButch of Pocatello who was there and owned the adjacent property. Neither he, nor the victim wanted the grizzly bear killed. The original story has now disappeared, but here is a short version. Officials defend decision to kill Idaho grizzly bear

I thought the notion that the bear might have rabies was absurd because the mauling was a classic grizzly bear defense of its meal (the winter-killed moose).

I have posted three earlier stories about the grizzly incident.

1st Tetonia, Idaho area man mauled near his home by a grizzly with a moose carcass

2nd E. Idaho neighbors disagree on response to grizzly bear attack

3rd Idaho Man who survived mauling by grizzly recounts ordeal (with April 15 update)

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Winter ticks invade Yukon elk herds

The Yukon Environment Department believes the infestation may be due to the warming climate. The winter tick doesn’t hurt elk much, but often greatly weakens moose.

Story Winter ticks invade Yukon elk herds. CBC News.

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Grand Teton National Park OKs big “pathways project”

This 45-million dollars worth of foot and bicycle trails is a really big national parks project. It will be very popular and may save lives by taking bicycles of the Grant Teton National Park roads, which can be very crowded and have to accommodate huge RVs.

On the other hand it may damage wildlife habitat and provoke confrontations with bears.

Story in the Jackson Hole News and Guide. By Cory Hatch.

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